Our Top Earbuds
Overall Rank: 6
Best Audio Quality
Overall Rank: 1
Best High End
Overall Rank: 2
Best Cheap Pair
Earbuds are all about the music and having the highest quality sound possible. Of course there are other important things like the most comfortable pair of earbuds, or the earbuds with best bass. However, our main focus was sound quality and isolation when we reviewed the top ten earbuds.
Number 10 on our list is the midrange JVC HAFX1X. These are great for those who want slightly better than entry range earbuds with outstanding audio quality. They do have a 10mm driver for bass, and a wide frequency response. However, people do tend to complain about the size of these earbuds as being too large and the highs seem to be piercingly high. So you may need to use an equalizer to balance your sound, still these are a great buy for the price.
Unfortunately our experience with Beats brand is that you pay for the brand, not quality. That holds true with the Beats Tour 2.0. These are brilliant sounding earbuds, with a very sleak design including flat cables and waterproof housing. However, they are the most expensive earbuds on our list and we don't think those pros are worth the price given the average sound quality with overly done bass. Our recommendation is to avoid overpaying for the lowercase b.
These Sport-Fis are practically on the list because they are clear, and they look very cool. They are also very cheap. So if you want really fancy cool looking earbuds at a cheap price, check them out. The sound quality is comparable to other sets in their price range but the cord is stiff and you hear it every time it moves. These are great if you sit still, not if you move.
Unfortunately these Klipsch earbuds seem to be somewhat overrated regarding their sound quality claims. However, compared to the other premium audio quality options on the list they come at a much lower price. They do include noise isolation features, decent bass, and a tangle resistant cord set. However, the tangle resistant cables seem to cause problems with the sound as you hear them when they move. Possibly this is caused by the flattened cables, but if you are looking to get a high quality set of earbuds at mid range prices these are for you.
These Shure earbuds claim to be of study monitor quality, and along with the claim comes a very high price. So does the price match the audio quality? The majority of customer reviews lay claim that it does. On top of seemingly incredible professional sound, you will get sound isolation. That isn't quite as impressive as powered active noise cancellation, but certainly compares. If you want slightly lower sound quality but perfect sound cancellation try number one on our list.
Well this is different. Here is the Jlab Go, a wireless bluetooth headphone that gives you 5 hours of playback time. It also comes with seven different tip sizes, so you can really pick the best size for your ear. The main reason these exist is for exercise. You obviously won't have to worry about tangled wires either. So if you are looking for the perfect earbuds for the gym, these are worth a shot. Price is decent, and they support any Bluetooth 2.0 device.
If you want clarity in your audio and to hear things you have never heard in your music, then invest in the incredible Bose IE2. If you want to hit the super bass, look elsewhere. Like other Bose models, these do not jam in to your ear but instead seal just outside of it. This means ultimate comfort compared to other models. However there is no noise cancellation, and for the price one might expect it. The audio quality and comfort carry this set to number four in our list.
Sennheiser always offers exceptional sound quality and features. With the CX 300 II you get bass driven clarity for full sounding acoustics. These are perfect for today's bass driven pop that everyone loves, and they come with a 2 year warranty which is hard to find from other earbuds. Allthough moderate in price, the sound quality with this pair is really incredible. You also get 3 soft silicone size adapters to make sure you are comfortable wearing them.
It's tough to find quality noise cancellation at under $10, but these JLB's pull it off. They are available in 9 different colors to match your style. Sound quality is average, but given the low price it is excellent. These are the best earbuds for under $10. They are comfortable and have a 1 year warranty as well as a solid foundation of good reviews and sales on Amazon so we can assume the product quality is overall pretty decent. On top of all that you get a 4.5 foot wire which should be long enough for nearly all usage scenarios. We highly recommend these budget earbuds for the casual music listener.
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The Bose QuietComfort 20i isn't just the best set of earbuds you can get, it's the best by far. The reason is that these headphones simply have insanely good noise cancellation, beyond comparison to anything else. The buds themselves lie against the inside of your ear, and do not have to be pushed far in like most. One might think that this lack of seal with your ear would stop the noise cancellation from working, however they would be entirely wrong. The powered noise cancellation system simply silences the outside world. So crying babies, jet turbines, elevator music ... whatever it may be that you don't want to hear, you just won't have to. With these earbuds you only hear your music, and the battery powered NC system lasts up to 10 hours off of a convenient 2 hours USB charge.